Saturday, 16 February 2013

Week 9: Until We Meet Again

You might be asking yourself, "is it even possible for the India/Cambridge team to be any more creative than they have been?" The answer is most definitely "yes"! This was clearly displayed on Monday's Faith Day. Our seven DTS students were commissioned on Monday to pray together, listen for God's voice, and then step out in faith according to what God said the day should be like without the guidance of our leaders. We spent time praying for each other and boldly asking God to fulfill the things we wanted to see happen throughout the day. We felt God was telling us to go into the churches and government buildings of the city and to not only pray for revival but also to ask those we met to pray for us. Please pray with us for a reawakening in the church as well as the city. After lunch, we set up a stand (in 0 degree weather) where we handed out free hot chocolate and hugs (some people chose to take one but not the other!). Our team was constantly asked "what's the catch?" and "why are you doing this?," and people were genuinely surprised when we said we just wanted to bless the men and women of Cambridge. The afternoon was filled with a lot of laughter and a lot of grateful smiles.

This week was also Adam's birthday, and as usual, our team walked out our "party-throwing" ministry. After a morning of street evangelism, we had an exciting afternoon of punting on the river Cam. (For anyone who may not know, punting is a sport where you guide a boat along the river using a large metal or wooden pole.) However, we found ourselves faced with a couple of challenges: not only was it super cold, but we had chosen to do the self-guided tour and it was a bit difficult to steer the boat with freezing cold hands while maintaining our sense of balance. It was a memorable 20 minutes filled with a combination of hilarity and misery!

Our last two days of ministry were spent working with a church in another part of the city. Students around the area were on their term break, and the church put on a drum workshop, as well as an art workshop. Several members of our team joined in the drum workshop, and we quickly learned who had rhythmic abilities and who needed a bit more practice. ;-) Everyone participated in the art workshop, and it was such a blessing to converse with the kids.

On our last day, before our team left for the church, we prayed that we would clearly see God's hand on our final outreach ministry--and it was absolutely incredible! The church hosted an event called the Youth Cafe that included games and pancakes for everyone. The team shared our "Mask" skit, Jenny shared a testimony about breaking through strongholds and trusting in God, and Danielle shared the gospel message combined with a stirring testimony about finding her identity in Christ. Two young women responded to the call to salvation, and the team was blessed to pray for several other young men and women. Please pray for the youth ministry and for open doors in the surrounding neighbourhoods. Please also pray for the long-term youth workers that they might be encouraged and have divine encounters.

God has overwhelmed us with personal breakthroughs and team unity. We have become a true family where we disagree with each other, forgive each other, love each other, laugh with each other, and pray for each other. We have been so blessed, and God is so so good.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed with us and for us. May you be encouraged by our testimonies as we leave you all with Jesus' final commission: "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'" (Matthew 28: 18-20 NIV)

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